Millennium Monument

Work on this monument was begun in 1896, the one-thousand-year anniversary of the Hungarian Conquest; however it was not finished until 1926. The monument consists of a two-part semi-circular colonnade, with statues of the historically most significant Hungarian kings and leaders standing between the columns.

A 36m high column rises from the centre of the semi-circle, supporting a statue of the Archangel Gabriel; at its base stand the equestrian statues of Arpád and the other six leaders of the Hungarian Conquest.

Millennium Monument - Budapest 

Attraction: The Millennium Monument (Millenniumi emlékmű)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Pest, XIV. district

Transport: M1

Address: Budapest, Hősök tere

State Opera House

One of the most prominent of the historic buildings along Andrássy Avenue, it was designed by Miklós Ybl. Erected between 1875 and 1884, this Eclectic, Neo-Renaissance style building is, even on an international scale, an outstanding creation for its time – both in the terms of its exterior, and its interior decoration. Its auditorium is one of the most attractive in Europe, and its acoustics are first-class.

State Opera House - Budapest 

Attraction: The State Opera House (Magyar Állami Operaház)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Pest, VI. district

Transport: M1 Opera

Address: Budapest, Andrássy út 22.

Phone: 1/ 332-8197

E-mail: latogatas@operabal.com

Web: www.opera.hu

Guided tours: 15:00, 16:00 (English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Hungarian), price: 2500 HUF, large groups should book in advance

Vigado Concert Hall

Built between 1859 and 1864 – after the original building was destroyed by fire during the 1848-9 Revolution – according to the design of Frigyes Feszl, the “Vigadó” is one of this country’s pre-eminent monuments in the Romantic style.

Its main façade, overlooking the Danube, features outward projections at the corners joined by arcades. The hall is open only for concerts.

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Attraction: The Vigado Concert Hall (Vigadó)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Pest V. district

Transport: M1 Vörösmarty tér

Address: Budapest, Vigadó tér 2.

Phone: 1/318-7932

University Chapel, former Pauline Monastery

The eighteenth-century Pauline church is one of the most outstanding Baroque ecclesiastical buildings in Budapest. Its richly ornamented interior and especially the carved pulpit are the most prominent works of Hungarian Baroque Art.

The part of utmost interest of the monastery is the library that is the most significant Baroque gallery-library of Hungary.

The Pauline monks returned to the country after the Turkish occupation, and instead of regaining their previous possessions in Buda, they were allowed to settle, using a mosque as their church, on the allotments that they received in 1688, in the proximity of the Kecskemét Gate in Pest.

University Chapel, former Pauline Monastery  - Budapest 

First they arose a chapel there in 1720, and then they had their church, the later University Church, built between 1725 and 1776. The interior of the large-scale Baroque building is distinguished by the richness of decoration; its carved pulpit is a prominent work of Hungarian Baroque Art. Both the high altar and the side altars are opulently decorated, the statues and the ceiling frescos are equally impressive.

The furniture and the majority of the wooden reliefs of the church are Pauline works in Baroque style. Next to the church there stood the monastery of the order, the most significant premise of which was the library with its abundantly carved, two-stored gallery installation perfected in 1775.

Attraction: University Chapel, former Pauline Monastery (Egyetemi templom)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Pest, V. district

Transport: M3: Ferenciek tere

Address: Budapest, Papnövelde u. 9.

Phone: 1/318-0555

Useful Links:

Hungarian Monastic Cultural Route 

Vajdahunyad Castle

Vajdahunyad Castle is the best known of the group of historic buildings which were erected in 1896 to commemorate the one-thousand-year anniversary of the founding of Hungary.

The buildings were based on plans prepared by Ignác Alpár, whose purpose was – by reproducing portions of existing buildings – to display the principal Hungarian architectural styles.

Amongst the Baroque group of buildings can be found The Agricultural Museum.

Vajdahunyad Castle - Budapest 

Attraction: Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyad vár)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Pest, XIV. district

Transport: M1: Hősök tere

Address: Budapest, Városliget

Phone: 1/363-1973

E-mail: info@mmgm.hu

Web: http://www.mezogazdasagimuzeum.hu/

Open: Tue-Sun 10-17

Ministry of Agriculture

This Eclectic style building, located in Kossuth Square, was erected in 1885-86 based on the plans of Gyula Bukovich, to house the Ministry of Agriculture. Its main façade projects outwards at the centre and at the corners, and features a colonnaded arcade at ground level, along its full length.

Ministry of Agriculture - Budapest 

Attraction: The Ministry of Agriculture (Földművelésügyi Minisztérium)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Pest, V. district

Transport: M2: Kossuth tér

Address: Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér 11.

Phone: 1/ 301-4000

Web: http://www.fvm.hu/

Museum of Applied Arts

The Museum is one of the most beautiful examples of Hungarian Secessionist style architecture. Designed by Ödön Lechner and Gyula Pártos, the building was opened in 1896 by Emperor Franz Joseph as part of the Millennium Celebrations.

Characteristics of the Hungarian Secessionist style are most marked in the building’s ceramic decorations, in which, besides the national folk-motifs, Islamic and Hindu motifs are also evident. The most notable feature of the three-level building’s is the centrally-protruding tower housing the main entrance, with its colourful dome.

The Museum’s major exhibitions are divided into the furniture, textiles, goldsmiths’artworks, ceramics and glassware collections; another section covers the minor collections.

Museum of Applied Arts - Budapest 

Attraction: The Museum of Applied Arts (Iparművészeti Múzeum)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Pest, IX. district

Transport: M3 Ferenc körút or tram 4, 6

Address: Budapest, Üllői út 33-37

Phone: 1/ 456-5100

E-mail: muzeum@imm.hu

Web: www.imm.hu

Open: Tue-Sun 10-18

Price: 2300 HUF adult, 1150 HUF student, photo 500 HUF, video 1500

Guided tours: 5000-12000 HUF/group

Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest is considered to be in the front rank of European museums. It deservedly takes a prominent place amongst the museums serving a similar function, by virtue of the diversity, and historic continuity, of its exhibits, and the multitude of masterpieces in its possession.

The Museum’s core exhibitions arose through the merging of a number of large national fine-arts collections. For a long time the Museum of Fine Arts also provided a home for Hungarian artworks.

Following the establishment of the Hungarian National Gallery in 1957, the two collections were progressively separated. Since 1974 the Museum of Fine Arts provides a home for all artworks, from ancient times, right up to the present day.

The building is the last important edifice to be built in this country, in the Classicist-Eclectic style.

Museum of Fine Arts - Budapest                

Attraction: The Museum of Fine Arts, (Szépművészeti Múzeum)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Pest, XIV. district

Transport: M1: Hősök tere

Address: Budapest, Dózsa György út 41.

Phone: 1/ 469-7100

E-mail: info@szepmuveszeti.hu

Web: www.szepmuveszeti.hu/

Open: Tue-Sun 10.00 – 17.30

Guided tours: 8000-10000 HUF/group

New Town Hall

This Neo-Renaissance building was erected in the 1870’s, based on the plans of Imre Steindl.

New Town Hall - Budapest 

Attraction: The New Town Hall (Városháza)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Pest, V. district

Transport: M1, M2, M3 Deák tér

Address: Budapest,  Városház utca 9-11

Phone: 1/327-1000

New York Palace

This five-level, Secessionist and Neo-Renaissance style palace, on the Erzsébet Boulevard (körút), was built at the very end of the 19th century, based on the plans of Alajos Hauszmann, for a large American insurance  company  which wanted to use it to advertise its services.

The New York Café, which once functioned on the ground-floor of the building, was luxuriously furnished in bronze and marble with Venetian chandeliers. It was of historic significance to literature, as it was the favourite meeting place of the early 20th century writers such as Ady, Babits, Karinthy, Kosztolányi and others. The palace functions as a Boscolo Luxury Hotel today.

New York Palace - Budapest 

Attraction: The New York Palace (New York palota)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Pest, VII. district

Transport: M2 Blaha Lujza tér

Address: Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 9-11.

Phone: 1/ 886-6111

E-mail: info@newyorkpalace.hu

Web: www.newyorkpalace.hu